The Tibetan monks had five yoga-based positions that they practiced every day to stay in optimum health. They believed that practicing these five exercises every day was their key to the fountain of youth!
Each exercise has many strengthening benefits that, with consistent practice, will keep your body strong, preventing the common problems that come with aging. They will help maintain your equilibrium so that you keep your balance and strengthen your core to keep your frame solid. This will create flexibility in your back to keep you agile and open-minded and build strength and stamina so that you stay ahead of the aging process. Most of all, the Tibetans claim that these five exercises activate the seven chakras that stimulate all the glands of your endocrine system. Your endocrine system is responsible for the proper function of all your organs which, in turn, will affect your aging process and keep you feeling young!
Start by doing three sets of each pose a day. Gradually increasing to a maximum of 21 sets each.
- Spin clockwise with your arms out to your sides, parallel to the ground.
- Start lying flat on the ground, lift your legs straight up to the sky, and bring your chin to your chest. Return your legs and head to the ground and repeat.
- Raise yourself onto your knees into camel pose and lift your chest to the sky, arching your back but drawing your tailbone down. Continue drawing your tailbone down and bring your chin to your chest. Then lift your chest back to the sky and repeat.
- Start sitting with your legs straight out in front of you and your palms flat on the floor. Push your hips up to the sky, and with your feet flat on the floor come up into a tabletop position. Return to the ground and repeat.
- Start in downward facing dog then transition into upward facing dog. Continue a rhythm with your own breath.
* ~ “People suffer because they are caught in their views. As soon as we release those views, we are free and we don’t suffer anymore.” ~ Nhat Hanh